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Mini humbucker?

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by arctic_char, Nov 26, 2014.

  1. arctic_char

    arctic_char TDPRI Member

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    Hey folks!

    I've got a 1996 Hamer t-51 telecaster style guitar, stock Seymour Duncan pups. I've been thinking about switching out the neck pup for a mini humbucker, so I wanted to ask around for some recommendations as to specific brands and models. Thanks!

    Happy pickin'!
    --Char
     
  2. dankilling

    dankilling Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I got a GFS one to try in my MIM- found it to be very 'flat' sounding. I have a LP Deluxe with a pair of minis, and those sound fantastic. I am personally looking at the Porter Pickups tele set with a mini. Wish that set was included on the sale the morning of Black Friday with $50 off selected sets.
     
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    bullfrogblues Friend of Leo's

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    Hard to beat a Seymour Duncan SM-1.
     
  4. Terry O'Malley

    Terry O'Malley Tele-Holic

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    Mr Fabulous guitars in Melbourne Australia make a superb firebird pickup set.

    Can't speak highly enough of them!
     
  5. DSharp

    DSharp Tele-Holic

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    I love a Firebird pickup in a Tele neck slot. I use a Seymour Duncan Antiquity. Sounds great for what I do.
     
  6. vintage clubber

    vintage clubber Friend of Leo's

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    Last year I built a partscaster version of a Fender Vintage '52 Hot Rod and also modded a Squier Affinity with a similar set up. The partscaster has a Duncan SM-1 in the neck and Broadcaster in the bridge. The Squier has a Kent Armstrong Firebird in the neck and Squier CV '50's A3 in the bridge. It should be noted that the Kent Armstrong version of the Firebird is slightly larger than the Duncan and does require a different cut on the pickguard. WD Music offers both options on their pickguards.

    Another forum member now owns this Squier.

     
  7. musicalmartin

    musicalmartin Poster Extraordinaire

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    I have a Wilkingson firebird alnico 5 mini in my tele and get some good tones.Warm and a jazzy /bluesy sound but still has some rocking bite.dont set too low .
     
  8. Shango66

    Shango66 Friend of Leo's

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    He's got two models listed, $35 and $80 each.
    Tell me more about the ones you've tried, please.
     
  9. strat56

    strat56 Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Tom Anderson makes a great mini humbucker.
     
  10. Tle4

    Tle4 Tele-Afflicted

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    What setup did you use for pots and electronics on your partscaster? Fender uses 375kpots on the Hot Rod, I am curious what you used. It sounds pretty balanced between all positions
     
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    JohnS Friend of Leo's

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    +1 on the Kent Armstrong Firebird mini. I paired that with a Lawrence L200TL with stock wiring and it sounds like angels.
     
  12. vintage clubber

    vintage clubber Friend of Leo's

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    I actually used Gibson 300k pots in both of the guitars in that demo.
     
  13. caliban335

    caliban335 Tele-Afflicted

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    David Plummer of Zhangbucker Pickups makes a great mini humbucker. I put two of them in the neck and middle positions of a Tele along with one of his "Bell Tone" bridge pickups and am very pleased with the results.

    Zhangbucker
     
  14. akukulich

    akukulich Tele-Meister

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    I've got a Lollar mini HB in a parts Tele that it think sounds great...highly recommended.
     
  15. arctic_char

    arctic_char TDPRI Member

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    Thanks for the replies y'all!

    I also saw some neat demos of a p90 pup in the neck. Any recommendations?
     
  16. Jared Purdy

    Jared Purdy Friend of Leo's

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    This. I've got one in my AV52 Hot Rod Tele, and totally love it.
     
  17. Rob DiStefano

    Rob DiStefano Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    for those who don't know, there is a world of difference 'tween a *real* 60's gibson firebird pickup and both gibson mini-humbuckers (the "new yorker") and current gibson "firebird" pickups (these are NOT original firebird pickup builds). you need to check the pup spex carefully. real firebirds have a decided fat treble output, almost single coil in tone, that mini's don't have.
     
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